The 2019 Grand Prix assignments have been announced. Retirements, partner changes and those sitting out this Grand Prix season, have opened spots for those who may not have otherwise been able to secure an assignment, as well as those who will make the leap into the senior ranks next season.
New faces will grace the six stages this season, particularly in the ladies fields with newly-minted seniors: Yuhana Yokoi of Japan, Russia′s Alexandra Trusova, Anna Scherbakova and Alena Kostornaia (Russia has 18 ladies spots in this season’s Series, and will be fielding three in each of the six competitions), Ting Cui of the U.S., Yelim Kim and Young You of Korea and China′s Hongyi Chen.
In the men′s discipline, Japan′s Koshiro Shimada, Conrad Orzel of Canada, Camden Pulkinen and Tomoki Hiwatashi of the U.S., and Russia′s Roman Savosin and Anton Shulepov will all make their debuts on the senior Grand Prix circuit next season.
Canada′s newest pairs team of Lubov Ilyushechkina and Charlie Bilodeau will make their debut at Skate Canada. New kids on the senior block in pairs are reigning World Junior champions Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov of Russia.
The ice dance, Canada′s Marjorie Lajoie and Zachary Lagha, the 2019 World junior ice dance champions, will make their senior debut at Skate Canada. Caroline Green and Michael Parson of the U.S. will also make their debut in Kelowna. Green formerly skated with her brother and Parsons with his sister. Both partners retired at the end of last season and Green and Parsons teamed up in the spring.
The U.S. has left an open spot in each of the four disciplines at Skate America, which will be assigned to a U.S. team that has either no Grand Prix assignments as of now or a team that currently has only one.
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